Buying Eyeglasses

Best glasses for small faces

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Finding the right size eyeglasses can be frustrating — especially if your face is smaller than most. By focusing on width instead of height, you can nail the best look for your unique, petite facial features. Luckily, there are plenty of stylish frames for small faces.

LOOKING FOR GLASSES FOR YOUR SMALL FACE? Find an eyewear store near you.

What is my face shape?

Whether your face is oval, round, square, heart-shaped or diamond-shaped, you still have to solve for sizing proportionate to your features. 

Smaller faces can be any face shape, just more narrow — so much so that they can make regular glasses look like (and fit like) clown glasses if you’re not careful. If you’re not sure whether your face is small, try measuring it at its widest point. If the total width is between 109 and 122 mm in diameter, shop for smaller glasses. 

How to pick the right glasses for your face

Rectangular frames 

Mature man wearing rectangular shaped eyeglasses

Rectangular eyeglass frames  are just as stylish as square ones, but they won’t weigh small faces down. Instead, they’ll add depth to a small face with a touch of geometry for a smart, low-profile look. Kaley Cuoco and Hugh Jackman are among the more famous rectangular glasses wearers. 

Cat-eye frames

Young woman wearing cateye framed eyeglasses

Cat eyes  add a bit of vintage flair while defining cheekbones. Whether you opt for more subtle or sassy, you’ll be in good company: Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry and Jordana Brewster have been spotted in cat-eye frames.

Oval frames

Young woman wearing blue framed oval glasses

Modest yet fashionable, oval glasses  offer a little softness without overpowering small faces like circular specs might. Richard Gere and Zoe Saldana are among the many stars photographed in oval frames.  

When it comes to shopping for small faces, less is more. No matter which shape of glasses you pick, your best bet is to pick thinner frames to avoid overwhelming your face. Whether you opt for wireframe or frameless, you’ll find plenty of fun and flattering choices. 

But first, you’ll need to ensure you have the right measurements. Temple width and pupillary distance are key to finding the right fit for your small face.

Schedule an eye exam to get your eyeglass prescription and order the best pair of frames for you.

NEED AN EYE EXAM? Find an eye doctor near you and make an appointment.

Page updated September 2019

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